Jacques Joseph Tissot made this drawing as an elaborate study for a well-known painting, The Last Evening, now in the collection of the Guildhall Art Gallery in London.
The young woman is contemplating the departure of her love, a sailor who is preparing to go out to sea. Tissot, who often drew and painted people in introspective states of mind, captured her sitting pensively in a rocking chair. She seems lost in thought, staring forward. The fingertips of her right hand barely rest against her pale cheek while her legs extend to reach the chair’s footrest. He portrays the woman’s clothes realistically, carefully depicting her black-and-white plaid tunic, and juxtaposing it with the brown-red tartan of her skirt. A hat wrapped in gauzy fabric surrounds her shock of strawberry-blonde hair. Tissot used heightening to create vivid and shiny highlights along the chair’s frame, while gentle shadows fall beneath the chair, adding depth. His use of gouache simulates the look of oil painting.
Studio FLOZ Co-Founder and Director Rémi Andron from France was asked by a friend to reinterpret a tattoo. The name “CRANANAS” is a mixture between the two French words: “crâne” for skull and “ananas” for pineapple. It’s drawn with a black ball pen on pale yellow paper.